To ensure safe drinking water to people, 13 tones of water purifying tablets and six water filtration plants, with a capacity to filter 1.2 lakh bottles per day, have been transported to the flood ravaged Valley from Jammu. Meanwhile, the Armed Forces and the National Disaster Rescue Force (NDRF) have so far rescued an over 1,42,000 people.
While engineering stores, including suction pumps, have also reached the flood-affected areas from Vishakhapatnam, as many as 12 sewage pumps have also been dispatched to the Valley from Delhi, said Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel S D Goswami.
Apart from this, thirty generator sets have also been sent to Srinagar to augment continuous power supply in relief camps and field hospitals, besides communication systems by Army, BSNL and private cellular operators to restore communication system in the state.
Two additional fully equipped field hospitals with laboratory testing equipment facility from Bhatinda have reached Srinagar. These are apart from four field hospitals already established at Avantipur, Pattan, Anantnag and Old Airfield which have so far treated nearly 22,500 patients.
Meanwhile, 10 tones of medicine and other health care materials including mobile oxygen generation plant have also reached Srinagar from Delhi. More relief materials including blankets and tents, water bottles from IRCTC and food packets are being airlifted from Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Baroda and Amritsar, Goswami said, adding that 25 tonnes of Indian gram (canna) from NAFED is also being transported to the flood affected areas.
As many as 86 transport aircraft and helicopters of Indian Air Force and Army Aviation Corps are continuing their efforts in rescue and relief operations. Army has deployed around 30,000 troops for rescue and relief operations, in which 21,000 troops are deployed in Srinagar region and 9,000 troops in Jammu region. Armed Forces personnel are distributing water bottles and food packets on a large scale. So far more than 4,00,000 litres of water, 1,31,500 food packets and over 800 tonnes cooked food have already been airdropped and distributed in the flood-affected areas.
So far 1771 sorties were undertaken by the helicopters and aircraft of Armed Forces and 2371 tonnes of relief materials have been dropped by the Indian Air Force. A total of 224 boats of Army and 148 NDRF’s inflatable boats are actively involved in the rescue operation. Armed Forces have also established 19 relief camps in Srinagar and Jammu region. In Srinagar region, camps were established at BB Cantt, Avantipur, Old Airfield, Sumbal, Chattargam and Jijamata Mandir, where thousands of rescued people are being sheltered. They are also being provided with food and other basic amenities.
To restore the road connectivity, five task forces of Border Roads Organisation, which include 5700 personnel, have been deployed in Srinagar, Rajouri and Akhnoor. As of now, they have restored the road connectivity from Batote, Kishtwar, Anantnag and Jammu’s Poonch. On the Jammu-Srinagar highway, BRO personnel have cleared the road up to 172 km at Ramsoo, he added.